Andrew Davis is a devoted teacher, dynamic musician, and founder of diverse ensembles. Born and raised in Germany, he has made Central Texas his home, completing musical studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He currently resides abroad in Munich, Germany, where he recently completed additional studies on baroque cello.
From 2007-2014, Andrew served as the assistant orchestra director and low strings specialist at MacArthur High School in San Antonio. He conducted string and full orchestra, taught AP music theory, and directed the acclaimed MacArthur Cello Choir. A testament to his effective teaching, he was named the Marjorie Keller Young Teacher of the Year from the Texas Chapter of the American String Teacher Association in 2012.
Since 2009, Andrew regularly performed with the Kerrville Symphony of the Hills. Over the years, he also learned baroque violoncello and viola da gamba, and performed regularly in the Austin Baroque Orchestra -- a group he helped found and manage.
Andrew is self-taught on the double bass (a close cousin to the gamba) and moonlighted with said instrument alongside the Heart of Texas Concert Band. On several occasions he has been a cello artist in residence in Salzburg, Austria for Mozart opera productions. In 2008, Andrew soloed with the MacArthur High School orchestra on its European Tour through Germany, Austria, and Prague. Comfortable outside the classical realm, Andrew performed and recorded with such groups as the Robert Socia Band (americana), singer-songwriter Susanne Abbott (soul-influenced folk), and Infinite Partials (folk-fusion).
Andrew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where he completed a Bachelor and Master of Music in violoncello performance and state teacher certification through the UT Center for Music and Human Learning. His principal teachers, renowned pedagogues Phyllis Young and Dr. Laurie Scott, and world-class cellist Bion Tsang, encouraged Andrew to become a performer, teacher, and life-long learner. Andrew also participated in masterclasses with Aldo Parisot, Francois Rabbath, Michael Flaksman, George Neikrug, and members of the Miro Quartet, among others. Past baroque festivals and workshops include with Mary Springfels (Texas Toot), as well as Andrea Coen, Enrico Gatti, and Elena Bianchi (Early Music Academy Fossacesia), American Bach Soloists Academy, Schwetzinger Hofmusik Akademie, Freiburg Akademie, Bremen Winter Akademie, Urbino Musica Antica, and Utrecht Intro Course.
He currently plays on two cellos, a modern cello from 1869 by Jean Joseph Honoré Derazey (1794-1883) of Mirecourt (France) and a 1932 cello by Anton Wittman (1878-1933) of Vienna (Austria).